Etchings by Flora McLachlen. Based on the powerful and strong images found in fairy tales and myths.
thaiistranha said: Hey, hi!!! I saw your work Wrath and Thunder on my dashboard and I thought it was amazing! I suppose you use watercolor? I'm a design student here in Brazil and I'm on my senior year searching for references for my graduation project (an illustrated russian fairy tales book), I was wondering if you have any suggestions on book about illustration and watercolor (or other kind of painting process). Thank you very much and keep up with the amazing work!! xox
Hi there! Thanks for your message! :D
I actually use alcohol-based markers, with washes of colored indian inks and pencils. I used to use watercolors a lot but haven’t used them in a while to be honest!
For illustration and composition in general, my favourite book is “Creative Illustration” by Andrew Loomis. Any illustrator should have read this and I think it’s worth every penny to buy your own copy, but if you want to have a look through the book, it is available for download (for free!) from Illustration Age as a pdf file: http://illustrationage.com/2013/04/02/free-andrew-loomis-art-instruction-downloads/
For watercolors and color theory in general, I like James Gurney’s “Color and Light”. I don’t think this one is available for download but it’s a popular book and you can easily find it at bookstores and online.
For more suggestions of great technical books, Noah Bradley wrote a nice list that I have been using as a reading guide and haven’t been disappointed so far: http://www.noahbradley.com/blog/2011/10-books-every-artist-must-read/
Hope this helps! :)
Interested in seeing the design drawings for these invertebrates?
The Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka archive in the Rakow Research Library includes over 900 original art drawings of plants and invertebrate animals made as studies for the glass models.
You may think you’re looking at photos of beautiful undersea invertebrates, but these delicate beauties are actually models made of clear, coloured, and painted glass. Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, a father and son team of master glassmakers (previously featured here), painstakingly created these extraordinary glass models of invertebrate animals (jellyfish, snails, sea anemones, corals, hidroids, starfish, sea-cucumbers, squid, seaslugs and bivalves) from the mid 1800s until the 1930s.
Photographer Guido Mocafico visited the natural history museums which still house collections of the Blaschka’s work, including Harvard University Herbaria, the Corning Museum of Glass/Cornell University, and the Natural History Museums in London and Ireland, in order to create a marvelous series of photographs celebrating these exquisite models. He set the pieces against dark backdrops and carefully lit them to emphasize their different colours and textures.
[via Faith is Torment]
Organisms made of glass are SO pretty…